Early South Carolina Land Grants and Land Sales Documents dated 1680-1772

Document 1:
Land grant from the Lords Proprietors of Carolina to Florentia [Florence] O'Sullivan (ca. 1620-after 1683), dated 6 July 1680. Vellum, 28 x 24 inches, originally, now with part of the plat missing. The ink has faded and much of the writing is illegible. Signed by Maurice Mathews who was surveyor general of Carolina from 1677-1684.
"John Lord Berkley Pallatine and the rest of the Lords, and Absolute Proprietors of the Province of Carolina Doe hereby Grant unto Florentia O'Sullivan Gent: a Plantation containing Two Thousand Three hundred and Forty acres of land English measure, now in the Possession of the said Florentia O'Sullivan Sittuate and being upon the northeast side of the Ashley River and Butting and bounding as appears on a Platt thereof hereunto annexed…"
Captain O'Sullivan arrived in Carolina in March 1670 aboard the Carolina, one of three vessels that were in the expedition, after a forced stop in Bermuda. Once in Carolina, O'Sullivan played a prominent role in the early development of the province. He served briefly as the surveyor general of Carolina and was also a member of the Council. A controversial character, he was nonetheless, one of the founders of the colony. The land granted to him in 1680, which by tradition included a large swath of property on the northeast shore of the Ashley River, included much of the present Mount Pleasant and Sullivan's Island, which bears his name.

Document 2:
Deed of Sale. Mark Mathew to Jonas Eaton, 140 acres of land in Colleton County. 4 November 1713. Vellum, 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches. Folded.
This property was part of a land grant dated 29 March 1700 to Mathew of 500 acres in Colleton County. Signed by three witnesses, one of whom was John Whitmarsh. Also signed 6 April 1733 by the Deputy Auditor of South Carolina, James St. John, who also served as surveyor general from March 1731-1743.

Document 3 and 4:
Lease, and Release by William Holmes, Mariner of Charles Town, and his wife Ann of 250 acres of land to Thomas Woodin, Weigher & Gauger of His Majesty's Customs, of Charles Town. Two partially printed documents, one dated 14 August 1772, and the second dated the following day. 17 x 22 inches each. The property sold was located in Colleton County about two miles from the Edisto Saw Mills and was bounded by property owned by the Saw Mills Company, Captain Reeves, and vacant property. (4dcs)

Provenance: Dr. & Mrs. C.G. Hopper, Jr. Collection

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